Sunday, February 23, 2014

Run or Dye & Stay Accountable

Have you ever wanted people to throw gobs of dye at you while you are running a 5k? Then you must sign up for a Run Or Dye event!

I did one with my friend Evelyn and it was crazy fun. I never thought I'd actually enjoy getting paint thrown at me.
But clearly I had a good time.
I think running with friends always makes everything better anyway. 

Would I do one again? Definitely. I was really grateful to have someone else drive us home though. I don't think I would have liked to drive home with all of that dye on me.

Accountability is one of the hardest yet most important facets of sticking to a workout or diet plan. Someone e-mailed me recently asking me if I had any tips or tricks for staying accountable so here's a few tips:

1. Write down your goals, don't just think them 
Putting goals on paper makes them more real than if they are just ideas in your head. Once you have the goal(s) written, write down the steps you'll need to get there. Focus on achieving one step at a time.

2. Have an accountability partner 
Maybe your hubby or one of your best girlfriends. Knowing that someone is going to check in on you may help you stay on track. A strong support system is such a blessing! If you have one, don't ever lose sight of that. 

3. Plan and prepare
Make an effort to be proactive about your goals. Set out your gym clothes the night before. Prep your meals for the week on Sundays. Throw out the junk food in your house. Write down your workouts ahead of time. There are so many ways that you can do a few little extra things that take MINUTES to help keep you on track!

3. Use your phone
We may so much money for these darn things, might as well use them to help us stay accountable as well! There are so many fitness/diet apps out there now and many of them are free! Maybe you could make it a goal to record your meals for a week using your phone.

4. Surround yourself with positive 
Keep the attitude around you positive whether it be with positive people, music, motivational books, inspirational Facebook pages, anything that will keep you in a positive mindset. Good mood = much more likely to stick to your goals. Bad mood = greater chance you'll throw in the towel

**If you aren't that open or don't feel as though you have someone close enough to open up with, e-mail me. I would absolutely love to help you reach your goals. 

Anything I missed?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Say hello to my new Brook's!

So I finally went and did what I've been meaning to do for months - I went to Road Runner and picked out a new pair of running shoes.

They didn't have my size (of course) because I have wide feet (why do they never have enough WIDE shoes?) so I had to get them ordered. But, alas, they finally came in and now I get to rock them on all of my runs.

Introducing the latest star of Fit Girl Daily, my NEW Brook's Glycerin 11's!
My first adventure with these shoes was a nice little run down at the beach today. I'll give a more thorough review of the shoes after I get a few more miles on them!

In other news, I'm officially signed up for the Mountains 2 Beach race in Ventura on May 25! I don't have any major races until then so my goal is to go all out at this race. We are about 16 weeks out from the race which gives me plenty of time to properly train. I'm excited to share the entire process with you guys!

Finally, a little encouragement on this Saturday afternoon. The power of owning your choices.

You have value beyond measure. Don't let things or people rattle you. Stand firm in your goals, dreams, and beliefs. If you have a dream, chase it. The size is irrelevant. Why not you? The only thing standing in the way of your dreams are your own doubts and fears; you are limiting yourself. Choose to see beyond the self made barriers.

Part of the changing process is owning your CHOICES, both good and bad. Life presents you various situations but you CHOOSE your response to them. You are in the driver seat, the author of your own story... if you don't feel that way, it's time to make a change.
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